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Jun 23, 2012, 08:15 AM
Nirvana 38, Seawind 178
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Post your sail art

I,ve seen some really nice boats pictured but would like some close-ups of your sail art. I think there are some really creative sail artist.
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Jun 24, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Well it's not sail art but here is my version of a Lichenstein Bottle!
Jun 26, 2012, 10:07 AM
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we have a few examples in our clubs Soling 1M fleet
pics 1,2 and 3 are by the same guy-his paint skills are amazing.(sail # 534,535,536)
the last pic is for fun -who hasn't rounded a weather mark, trying to catch and
pass another boat and thought,"c'mon guys put up the whomper !"
Last edited by thorsail; Jun 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM.
Jul 07, 2012, 04:41 PM
20M northeast of Hell Mi
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Custom by squirrels newport 12#516
Sep 21, 2012, 01:59 PM
20M northeast of Hell Mi
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all better (home built)
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Oct 06, 2012, 10:18 AM
Rather be flying
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Lone Star Sails

Bet you can't guess where this boat is from.
Oct 06, 2012, 10:45 AM
Nirvana 38, Seawind 178
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Originally Posted by tsudduth
Bet you can't guess where this boat is from.
Puerto Rico?
Oct 09, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Here are a few -
Last edited by Boomer1; Oct 09, 2012 at 11:28 AM.
Oct 14, 2013, 01:11 PM
Hey, watch this!
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I would like to try my hand at "sail artwork" but I have no idea where to start - for example what paints/markers to use to produce sharp, vivid colors, flexible colors. Regular "magic" markers are OK but I'm thinking there must be something better out there. Is there a tutorial perhaps?
Oct 14, 2013, 02:49 PM
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I am looking forward to any responses to your questions. I can say that there may be some different methods based on the sail materials.

A friend here on the forum that on his Nirvana used spray pain to paint his sails. Nirvana sails are very different that most. Many are made of a "ripstop" type of fabric, which may or may not take spray paint as well???

Be interesting to hear from others on this question.

Oct 14, 2013, 03:57 PM
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i tried dylon fabric dye on some old grey ripstop sails , which didnt work . now its just permenant marker pens ive been using .
Oct 14, 2013, 04:18 PM
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Go to Michaels or Joanne Fabrics and look for paint that is for silk flowers. It is the only kind that I have found to "stick" to rip-stop nylon that has been "treated". It comes in rattle cans and there is a wide range of colors (flowers) but if you want to start doing several colors, frisket material is needed to make up the stencils through which you paint. Cans of paint run about $6.00 + (US) and frisket material (very thin Mylar, adhesive backed sheets) runs about $10.00 for about 5 sheets (as I recall - been some time) Frisket is used by airbrush artists for doing multicolor work where an overspray isn't wanted.

You can also purchase/use "water slide decal paper" and print directly on it. It comes for either ink jet or laser copiers. Regardless it is good to clear coat a couple of times then soak in water, slide the printed decal off and onto the Mylar sail material. I have not tried on "soft" (untreated) rip-stop.

Paint will last unless you get a fold in the sail which will often show as a crease and which can also start the process of flaking off. Keep paint thin - NOT heavy coats.

Also, be sure to check your class rules as some racing classes may not allow graphics.

This is my original prototype MultiONE trimaran with painted (pink) rip-stop sails.
Last edited by Dick L.; Oct 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM.
Oct 14, 2013, 04:27 PM
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If you asked Soling sailors they would tell you to try "design master" spray paints
that you can get at michaels-floral people use it to color real and fake flowers.
comes in tons of usual, the taping off of the design,as in any painting
is critical to sharp lines....
Solings can only use 2 oz. dacron material--no idea how this product would work
on any other sail "cloth"
only thing I have heard about using markers is the bleed problem,I guess solved
by using the smallest possible tip to outline( like say,sail #s) then filling in with a
bigger marker.
noten those first 3 Soling pics I posted up here,I know they were done with
"real" paint-ie: spray gun/air compressor application by Tbarjohn.
Oct 14, 2013, 04:32 PM
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Thanks - couldn't remember the name of the paint. You may be able to reduce the bleed problem by spraying with clear FIRST. Try it on scarp material first. I always save "almost dried out" Sharpie markers to outline as they don't bleed as much as new ones
Oct 14, 2013, 11:31 PM
Useful Idiot are pretty colourful for the RG65 class

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